|5||COLUMBUS||+120||Ov 5.5,+110||+110||Ov 5.5,+120|
|6||MONTREAL||-140||Un 5.5,-130||-130||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16-18-0||+1||16-18||+1||17-15||2.6||28.1||2.9||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.5||3-2||+0.5||1-4||2.2||37.4||1.8||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||68||196||63||57||70||6||12||1984||9.9%||227||41||18.1%||324|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||34||87||27||29||25||6||5||956||9.1%||108||16||14.8%||141|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||2||6||1||1||187||5.9%||14||0||0.0%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||187||46||62||73||6||9||2085||9.0%||238||43||18.1%||317|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||99||26||29||41||3||2||1077||9.2%||112||24||21.4%||173|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||2||3||1||1||148||6.1%||14||2||14.3%||13|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||47||47||1364||1253||91.9%||1||26-21||+3.5||26-21-0||+2||25-19|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||24||24||718||657||91.5%||0||11-13||+0||11-13-0||-1||11-11|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||112||93.3%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||24||18||600||544||90.7%||1||8-10||-1.2||8-10-0||-2||8-10|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||12||9||306||274||89.5%||0||4-5||-0.1||4-5-0||-1||5-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||1||54||48||88.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20-16-0||-2.6||20-16||-2.6||12-18||2.5||29.2||2.3||31.1|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||2-2||2.8||35.8||3.0||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||70||180||54||55||60||11||14||2011||9.0%||238||45||18.9%||293|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||36||91||22||30||36||3||5||1053||8.6%||121||22||18.2%||154|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||3||2||8||1||1||179||7.8%||20||3||15.0%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||177||47||67||56||7||8||2133||8.3%||239||35||14.6%||299|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||83||18||33||27||5||3||1121||7.4%||117||17||14.5%||141|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||7||5||0||0||156||9.6%||17||0||0.0%||24|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||21||18||515||467||90.7%||0||8-10||-1.9||8-10-0||-1||4-11|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||6||4||134||120||89.6%||0||1-3||-2.9||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||88||75||85.2%||0||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||1-2|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||50||50||1521||1405||92.4%||2||28-22||-0.8||28-22-0||0||19-24|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||32||32||986||920||93.3%||2||19-13||+0.4||19-13-0||0||11-16|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||128||92.8%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||3-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)||3||2||93||88||94.6%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Last 4 Games)||3||2||93||88||94.6%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.09, MONTREAL 3.07|
|2/27/2014||at NEW JERSEY||2-5||L||0, -105||L||5 un||O|
|3/1/2014||FLORIDA||6-3||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2014||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/4/2014||DALLAS||4-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/6/2014||at CHICAGO||1-6||L||0, +165||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/8/2014||at NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/11/2014||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/13/2014||SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2014||at MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2014||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/20/2014||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/21/2014||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/23/2014||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/29/2014||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/26/2014||DETROIT||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/27/2014||at PITTSBURGH||6-5||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2014||TORONTO||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2014||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ev||U|
|3/5/2014||at ANAHEIM||4-3||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/6/2014||at PHOENIX||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/8/2014||at SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2014||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|3/15/2014||OTTAWA||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/16/2014||at BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2014||COLORADO||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|3/22/2014||at TORONTO|| |
|3/24/2014||at BOSTON|| |
|3/27/2014||at DETROIT|| |
|3/29/2014||at FLORIDA|| |
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
|MONTREAL: MONTREAL (AP) - As Montreal embarks on a season laced with expectations, most around the NHL are confused by just what this bunch is.
Are the Canadiens the team that won 13 of their first 20 games on their way to the franchise's 22nd division title last season, and first since 2007-08? Or are they the team that lost six of their last 10 regular-season games and were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Ottawa Senators?
The talent is certainly still in place, but the trek will be tough. Montreal, in the reconfigured NHL, is in the difficult Atlantic Division with the likes of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit. All of those teams made the playoffs last season, and the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
Montreal opens vs. Toronto on Oct. 1.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Canadiens Preview* ================================
Columbus (35-27-6) at Montreal (38-25-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Thomas Vanek finally showed why the Montreal Canadiens acquired him earlier this month.
The Columbus Blue Jackets already had problems against the Canadiens before the star winger joined Montreal.
The Canadiens seek a fourth straight win Thursday night and a sweep of the three-game season series against a Blue Jackets team that could have its eyes on its next contest.
Vanek had one assist in his first five games with Montreal (38-25-7) before turning in his ninth career hat trick in Tuesday's 6-3 home win over Colorado. He was acquired from the Islanders on March 5 after New York got him from Buffalo on Oct. 27.
"It was frustrating," Vanek said. "I think I'm pretty emotional out there and sometimes I show my frustration too much.
"But it's been a tough year moving around, trying to get your first goal with Buffalo and then a new team and then here. But I thought we were generating chances and it just didn't go in. Getting that first goal was nice. I was really pressing the last few games."
Vanek has scored two goals in nine career games against the Blue Jackets, and probably has unpleasant memories of the last time he saw them. He suffered an upper-body injury on his first shift and played only 23 seconds in the Islanders' 5-2 loss Nov. 9.
Montreal rallied from a two-goal deficit in a 3-2 shootout win at Columbus (35-27-6) on Nov. 15, and got two goals from Tomas Plekanec in a 5-3 home victory Oct. 17.
The Blue Jackets fell behind by two goals after one period in that October visit. It came to coach Todd Richards' mind when he saw Montreal score 38 seconds into a 5-4 overtime win over Ottawa on Saturday.
"It's a great building to play in," Richards said. "Watching their game against Ottawa the other night, they came out of the gate, looked a little bit like when we were there early in the year so they're a team that likes to start fast in their building."
Richards did not reveal whether he would start reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky or backup Curtis McElhinney entering a back-to-back set.
Bobrovsky has started the last 15 games but could rest since Columbus returns home for a crucial matchup Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets trail the Rangers by two points for third place in the Metropolitan Division, and former Columbus star Rick Nash will make his long-awaited return to town.
Columbus fell 3-1 at home to Carolina on Tuesday despite a 47-20 edge in shots on goal, including 19-0 in the third period.
"I think we were missing some desperation early in the game," Richards said. "I think we had desperation in the third period."
The Blue Jackets are 0 for 18 on the power play over their last six games. The Canadiens have killed off all 16 penalties in their last five.
Montreal star Max Pacioretty has gone six straight games without scoring, the 30-goal scorer's longest drought since an eight-game dry spell Oct. 15-Nov. 16.
The Blue Jackets activated Jared Boll on Wednesday. The winger has missed 45 games due to a torn tendon in his ankle.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:49:25 PM EST|